This season’s Guinness PRO14 has brought with it many new things and trips to South Africa are top of that list.
These trips haven’t between without their problems – we’ve had Scott Baldwin and his encounter with a lion and Leinster’s visa issues which also coincided with Cian Healy being asked to leave a flight.
Well, it seems it’s now the Cardiff Blues’ turn for some unfortunate events in the southern hemisphere as their trip has not gone according to plan, not one bit.
The Blues play the Cheetahs tomorrow before they travel to take on the Southern Kings next weekend but their trip has been plagued by delays.
The squad was due to depart for Johannesburg from Heathrow on Wednesday night but a delay meant that they had to spend the night in a local hotel and instead, depart on Thursday.
They did depart on Thursday but the overall delay meant they missed their connecting flight to Bloemfontein from Johannesburg. A new connecting flight was organised but a three-hour delay and subsequent radar failure meant that the first three players arrived in Bloemfontein today at 3.14pm.
The rest of the squad arrived this evening at 5.30pm but to top it all off, they’re bags went missing.
Even their team announcement came with a warning!
This trip is in stark contrast to Munster’s who are playing the Kings this weekend before the Cheetahs next weekend – based on social media posts from the Munster players – they’re having a much better time of it in South Africa.